BAD WITCH is tech­ni­cally an al­bum. But Trent’s got a lot of skill with short, sharp shocks as well…

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BRO­KEN (1992)

The main link be­tween NIN’S key­board­heavy Pretty Hate Ma­chine de­but from 1989 and 1994’s The Down­ward Spi­ral mas­ter­piece, Bro­ken saw Trent mor­ph­ing from a dark-hearted key­board war­rior into a full-on in­dus­trial-metal de­mon. On the ra­zor-sharp Wish and Hap­pi­ness In Slavery, his knack for meld­ing the uni­form dis­ci­pline of se­quenced beats with harsh metal­lic riffs was ex­hib­ited with a dan­ger­ous flair that pointed a huge sign­post to­wards Trent’s mu­si­cal fu­ture.

FIXED (1992)

A com­pan­ion to the Bro­ken EP, Fixed saw Trent and a host of col­lab­o­ra­tors tak­ing songs from its pre­de­ces­sor and giv­ing them the remix treat­ment. Fea­tur­ing in­put from artists such as Nir­vana pro­ducer Butch Vig and elec­tronic ge­niuses Coil, along­side Trent him­self, the re­sult is a harsh, un­for­giv­ing reimag­in­ing of mu­sic that was al­ready push­ing at the thresh­old of nas­ti­ness. It’s an oc­ca­sion­ally try­ing lis­ten, but a cre­atively ground break­ing one.

REMIX 2014 EP (2014)

Re­leased ex­clu­sively on Beats Mu­sic as part of Trent’s role of Chief Cre­ative Of­fi­cer for the stream­ing ser­vice, the Remix 2014 EP is a col­lec­tion of tracks from 2013’s Hes­i­ta­tion Marks worked over by Cold Cave and Hot Chip among oth­ers. In par­tic­u­lar, Simian Mo­bile Disco’s remix of the al­bum’s Copy Of A is par­tic­u­larly ex­cel­lent, high­light­ing just how much there is in NIN songs to take apart and have a good fid­dle with.

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